Generally speaking, everyone has some time or the other asked this question to themselves. But no one asks for self: what have I gained in my life? In answer to this question most would reply, good job, house, wealth, vehicle, status, and so on. In truth, have you really gained these things?? Do you believe in the grace of God?? At this time I remember the parable of the rich fool, Luke 12:16-21, 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” The Lord calls him a fool. After even the own mother/father becomes a mere dead body. It is inevitable and no amount of wealth can stop it. We come into the world empty-handed and empty-handed will we go.
What is a family? Parents and children living together or people who delight in each other’s company. In a family, everyone knows each other because they live together and are related to each other. One question? We pray daily, Our Father in heaven, do you want to see Him just as an owner of a supermarket who resides in heaven and fulfills whatever our needs whenever we ask for?? We should love and respect our heavenly Father who gave us this life because we are His children. But have you given His only Son a place in your home, when He shed His body & blood on the cross for us sinners? Who is He for you?
Is He just an image on the wall along with the pictures of grandparents and uncles? The word of God says, 1 John 4:12-13, 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. Also in 1 John 4:18, 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. Does Love reside in our homes today? In how many homes do members pray and eat together? Are husbands and wives spending time together, sharing daily concerns and expereinces, opening their hearts together? How much relief it provides? The image of the Holy Family is so comforting because the Saviour stands beside His loving Mother & Father. He calls to us with open arms standing between them. Do we invite Him to be a member of our family? Head of our family? The place where God lives is called heaven. Let’s make our homes,heaven. Let us pray that Jesus resides in every home.
Let me share a story:
One day a man was walking around in his neighborhood. Just then he saw his ten year old neighbor jumping with joy. He went over to him and asked, ‘Why are you so happy? What happened?’
The boy was looking up and jumping with joy. He looked at the man and said, ‘My kite is soaring up in the sky. It’s reaching new heights.’ The man looked up. But he saw nothing. He said to the boy, ‘ There is no kite’. The boy replied, ‘ There it is up in the sky, I can feel it because it’s string is in my hand. Here feel it.’ The man understood what he meant. He smiled and moved on.
Even though we cannot see God we can feel His presence through faith, devotion and belief. John 20:29, 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”